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article imageOp-Ed: Why so many earthquakes in 2012?

By Eliot Elwar     Nov 11, 2012 in Environment
Geophysical activities occur as a magnitude-6.8 earthquake strikes northern Myanmar, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed about 39 in Guatemala, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck near Vancouver Island, and a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck in Indonesia.
From USA Today: "The magnitude-6.8 temblor hit the area at 7:42 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake had a depth of just 10 kilometers (6 miles) and hit 117 kilometers (72 miles) north of Mandalay, Myanmar's second-largest city. Four residents of Mandalay, contacted by phone, said the quake was strong enough to send people dashing out of their homes for safety."
From the Los Angeles Times: "A deadly 7.4-magnitude earthquake rattled Guatemala recently, knocking out electricity, destroying dozens of buildings, and killing at least 39 people, with many more missing or buried, President Otto Perez Molina said. The earthquake along Guatemala's Pacific coast causes widespread damage and many people remain missing."
From CTV News: "A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Vancouver Island recently. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred about 182 kilometres southwest of Port Hardy, B.C. around 9 p.m. ET. There were no immediate reports of any damage. No tsunami warnings have been issued."
From UPI: "A 5.8-magnitude earthquake, 10.4 miles deep, jolted Indonesia's Gorontalo province, north of Sulawesi Island, recently, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage."
Analysis
Why so many earthquakes in 2012? In the past, a few geologists believe the increases in earthquakes were due to the Earth expanding, which contributes to continents drifting apart as explained by the pangaea theory. They propose that there was a pangaea or "super-continent" in the past before changes occur due to the Earth expanding and not just because of the continental drift and tectonic plate movement activities. While suggested historically, since the recognition of plate tectonics in the 1970s, the scientific community has rejected the Earth expansion theory because Earth measurements do not show that the Earth is expanding. The scientific community has no real answers for recent earthquake activities.
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